Hap­pier sheep

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Marc Mo­rano, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for Sen. James M. In­hofe on the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on En­vi­ron­ment and Pub­lic Works, was leav­ing for the air­port when Inside the Belt­way called him on July 27. Where was he go­ing? “Green­land,” came the un­ex­pected re­ply. “It should be an in­ter­est­ing trip — there’s 30 of us go­ing, and I’m the only ‘global warm­ing’ skep­tic.”

The U.S. Se­nate fact-find­ing mis­sion, to in­ves­ti­gate fears of a glacier melt­down, lasted three days. Now, Mr. Mo­rano has posted his ob­ser­va­tions on the com­mit­tee’s Web site. The jour­ney “re­vealed an Arc­tic land where cur­rent cli­matic con­di­tions are nei­ther alarm­ing nor linked to a rise in man-made car­bon diox­ide emis­sions,” he be­gan.

Cit­ing tem­per­a­ture charts, he points out that while Green­land has been “warm­ing since the 1880s,” tem­per­a­ture av­er­ages since 1955 have ac­tu­ally been “colder” than the pe­riod be­tween 1881 and 1955. In fact, one study con­cludes that Green­land “was as warm or warmer in the 1930s and 40s, and the rate of warm- ing from 1920-1930 was about 50 per­cent higher than the warm­ing from 1995-2005.” Which could mean? “New data is re­veal­ing what may per­haps be the ul­ti­mate in­con­ve­nient truth for cli­mate doom­say­ers: Global warm­ing stopped in 1998,” spec­u­lates Mr. Mo­rano, re­mind­ing us that Green­land is “the land the Vik­ings once farmed dur­ing the Me­dieval Warm Pe­riod.”

(No won­der, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported in June, that some of Green­land’s res­i­dents are “cheer­ing” what­ever warm­ing comes their way. “I can keep the sheep out two weeks longer to feed in hills in the au­tumn. And I can grow more hay. The sheep get fat­ter,” said one res­i­dent.)

Mr. Mo­rano says sen­a­tors and staff viewed Green­land and its “ma­jes­tic gi­ant glaciers and ice­bergs” via he­li­copter, boat and on foot.

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